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Why is the Rotifer Full of Foreign Genes? An MBL Team Investigates

Why is the Rotifer Full of Foreign Genes? An MBL Team Investigates

A decade ago, the MBL’s Irina Arkhipova and colleagues made the curious discovery that the bdelloid rotifer – a microscopic animal – has an abundance of foreign genes in its genome that it has acquired from bacteria, fungi, and plants. Typically, genes are transmitted vertically from parent to offspring, while in some cases organisms can

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The Art of Science Communication: A Visit from the Alan Alda Center

The Art of Science Communication: A Visit from the Alan Alda Center

By Gisella Higuera Falmouth STEM Boosters, a local volunteer group, invited all Woods Hole science professionals to attend an interactive workshop presented by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Approximately 150 people attended the session, held on April 28 at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). The goal was to help scientists improve their storytelling

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MBL’s New Digital Classroom Allows Simultaneous Viewing of Microscope Images

MBL's New Digital Classroom Allows Simultaneous Viewing of Microscope Images

Who wants to wait in a long line to peer into a microscope? Nobody! Which is why the Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR) course students were excited last week to play with the new “Digital Classroom” projection system in their lab. The system sends microscope images wirelessly to an iPad, which projects them on a screen

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